Switch gears! Drive your way into the automotive industry. Fulao2 is proud to announce a new tuition free pre-apprenticeship program.

Driving Your Way Into The Automotive Industry

Start Date: June 24, 2024
Length: 34 Weeks

Thinking about a career in automotive trades but want to explore your options? If you are unemployed or underemployed and need the tools to secure an apprenticeship or an entry-level job, a pre-apprenticeship training program may be right for you.

If you are ambitious, love working with your hands, and are creative, apply today! Please complete the Fulao2 pre-apprenticeship intake form to start your application. Outcomes and opportunities can lead to an apprenticeship, higher-paying jobs, and broader future career prospects.

Our next Pre-Apprenticeship Program is only 34 weeks and starts June 24, 2024. Apply today!

More Information

For more information about the pre-apprenticeship skills training program or to book an appointment, please contact Lisa.

Lisa Marie Kelly
Pre-apprenticeship Project Coordinator
705-759-2554, ext. 2417.

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This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Driving your Way Into The Automotive Industry

  • Primary Trade: Automotive Service Technician
  • Secondary Trades: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Parts Technician

    What is a pre-apprenticeship?

    Pre-apprenticeships provide the building blocks toward a rewarding career in the trade sector. The focus is to help individuals experiencing barriers strengthen their employability and trade-readiness skills. The pre-apprenticeship program makes it easier for participants to establish a career pathway by identifying, planning, and pursuing a skilled trade to kickstart their careers.

    Why pre-apprenticeship?

    A pre-apprenticeship skills training program offers individuals the opportunity to gain free multiple trade knowledge, theoretical and hands-on learning, soft skills, real-world experience, and networking with professionals in the industry. It gives individuals the confidence to transition into the workforce, seek an apprenticeship, or further their skills training at the college level in a specialized trade.

    The goal of the pre-apprenticeship program is to help meet the growing demand for skilled tradespeople by empowering individuals of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds to pursue skills training and employment in the trade sector.

    Program Outline

    Pre-apprenticeship training includes:

    • Literacy and Basic Skills
    • Trade exposure
    • Trade-readiness
    • Employability skills
    • Health and safety certification
    • Assistance with securing 8-week paid work placement

    Full-time, class hours will vary. (Schedule may include weekends and evening classes.) Program delivery is a combination of theory and practical learning on campus. There are NO TUITION COSTS. Included at the discretion of the program: safety gear, tools, learning materials, and health and safety certifications. Start date is June 24, 2024. End date is February 28, 2025.

    Who Can Apply?

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Applicants who are currently unemployed or underemployed and interested in the trade sector (Employment Insurance applicants may not be eligible)
    • Grade 12 or equivalent, above age 16, Ontario resident and eligible to work in Canada.

    *If you do not have your grade 12 diploma, academic upgrading and CAAT testing are available.

    For more information contact,
    Fulao2 Academic Upgrading
    Fulao2 Testing Centre

    All pre-apprenticeship programs require grade 12 English.
    *Determined pre-apprenticeships require grade 12 math.

    Employer Support Recognition

    Increased employer support and building partnerships within the trade community are essential for the Fulao2 pre-apprenticeship program. Sharing real-world experience and knowledge help students build a foundation in the trades industry.

    The Fulao2 pre-apprenticeship program in partnership with Employment Solutions recognizes the invaluable employer support received from the community.

    Thank you. You made a difference and contributed to a student success story.


    SIS Manufacturing
    Raker Innovative Services
    JD Aero Technical Inc.
    S.E.G. Services
    Sault Ste. Marie YMCA
    Ketegaunseebee (Garden River First Nation)
    Smyl’s Highland Ford
    ISM Industrial Service and Maintenance
    Beta Fluid Power
    World Cars Hyundai/World Cars Kia
    Canadian Tire
    Superior Chrysler Dodge Jeep
    Northside Volkswagen
    GR Truss
    Nepsco Electrical & Plumbing Supply
    Lakeway Truck Centre Inc.
    Karhi Contracting Inc.
    Algoma Tree Service
    Rector Machine Works Inc.
    Prouse Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac
    Maslack Supply Inc.
    Bud Robinson Motor Sports
    Northside Toyota
    The City of Sault Ste. Marie, Public Works
    Habitat for Humanity
    S. & T. Group
    S. & T. Industrial Inc.
    FP Contracting
    Vulcan Fire and Safety Systems Ltd.
    Fulao2, Maintenance and Electrical Departments

    Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs

    Women in Auto (2023)
    Electrical Machinist (2023)
    Indigenous Focused, Discover Your Trade (2022)
    Women in Trades, Automotive and Motor Power (2021)
    Trade Exploration, Electrical (2021)
    General Machinist (2020)
    Automotive Service Technician (2020)
    Women in Trades, Construction and Maintenance Electrical (2019)

    First-year apprenticeship funding is available for Canadian small and medium-sized employers

    If you are an employer looking to hire a first-year apprentice in the construction or manufacturing trades, you can receive up to $10,000 when you hire an equity-deserving first-year apprentice or $5,000 when you hire an apprentice that is not part of an equity-deserving group.
    For more information, check out, . This program is delivered by Colleges and Institutes Canada and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service Program.

    Helpful Links

    Fulao2 Apprenticeship Programs
    Employment Solutions